As Scientology coverage blows up, get ready for major network attention on Clearwater - 2017-05-31
Interest in Scientology is really boiling over, as you've probably noticed. We're hearing from producers and journalists about investigations and programs about Scientology going into development at a stupendous rate. It's almost overwhelming.
And some of that attention is definitely focused on Clearwater, Florida where we've been saying for a while a showdown of sorts has been building. Even the Los Angeles Times, which has shown such little interest in Scientology's controversies in its own backyard, published a piece by Tampa-based freelancer Les Neuhaus yesterday about the recent land sale that caused reverberations throughout Pinellas County.
And more national attention is heading Clearwater's way. The land sale — which pitted the Church of Scientology against the Clearwater Marine Aquarium over a 1.4-acre parcel that the city purchased from the aquarium as part of a $55-million redevelopment plan — is exactly the kind of thing that the mainstream media can sink its teeth into. It has conflict — the church offered $15 million for the small parcel, but the aquarium wouldn't budge and sold it to the city for $4.25 million as it had promised — and it also has lots of public records, as well as politicians and other figures willing to go on the record.